Have you heard it yet? The agonizing moans and groans, followed by the whiny, “Mooooom, I bored. There’s nothing to do.”
Well, if you have not heard it yet, rest assured it is just around the corner. There is help. Strap on your super-woman, tactical, military mom armor and begin planning your child’s summer to-do list now. (Dads, don’t feel left out. You can play along, too.) When budgets are small and boredom is big, here are a few local ideas for events and activities that you and your children can enjoy this summer.
Bettendorf and Le Claire Public Library Reading Programs
Summer is meant to be care-free, but kids can lose a lot of brain power in the summer. A recent Johns Hopkins study showed on average, students lose more 2 months of learning, especially in math. The Bettendorf and LeClaire summer reading programs are a sure-fire way to avoid boredom and engage your children in an academic activity. With this year’s theme “Dig into Reading” your children can discover facts about animals that dig or live underground. In addition, the libraries have organized numerous special events to coincide with this theme.
Where: Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, and LeClaire Community Library, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire
More information: 563-344-4194 (Bettendorf) and 563-289-4242 (LeClaire)
The Bettendorf Farmer’s Market has plenty of summer activities for families to enjoy. On June 9 organizers will have their Spring Celebration with a visit from Bettendorf Children’s Librarian S.M.A.R.T Bus, on July 21 they will host their Summer Festival with grilled hamburgers and on Aug. 4 they will host a sweet corn roast.
Where: 2117 State St.
When: 2-6 p.m. Thursdays through October.
More information: mvgrowers.com
The Family Museum
The museum packs a plethora of fun and educational activities for children. With new exhibits and summer programs, your children are sure to be entertained. They offer daily drop-in activities that are included in the cost of admission, dance programs and summer fun camps. From June 3 to Aug. 12, admission is only $1 on Mondays.
Where: 2900 Learning Campus Drive
Cost: $7 for everyone ages 2–59
More information: 563-344-4106 or visit familymuseum.org
Explore the Mighty Mississippi by taking a fun excursion on the Channel Cat. Let your children view the river up close as the Channel Cat rides up and down the river making frequent stops along the way for you to get out and explore storefronts and local dining.
When: Daily through Labor Day
Bettendorf stop: Isle of Capri Casino Landing
Cost: $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 2-10
More information: qcchannelcat.com
Movies in the Park
Remember the old days when our parents would take us to the drive-in theater on a balmy summer evening? This type of evening can be recreated for our kids at the local Movies in the Park events. The movie schedule for the summer is: June 8,” Madagascar,” June 15, “Hotel Transylvania,” June 22, “The Lorax” and June 29, “Rise of the Guardians.” Movies are free, begin at sundown and are located in Veterans Memorial Park on 23rd Street.
More information: 563-344-4113
This can be a fun new challenging way for your children to enjoy their summer months. Disc golf has similar rules to golf and is great for the whole family; it’s also free! For information on all the Disc Golf courses in the area please visit www.bettendorf.org/egov/documents/1363370161_88995.pdf
Locations: Middle and Devils Glen parks
Cost: Free, but beginning discs cost about $10
The summer park playground programs are a parents dream! There are six different neighborhood locations that host eight weeks of staffed summer activities, games, athletics, arts and crafts and more. There is a program for children from 12 years of age down to those who have completed kindergarten and a Tot Lot program for children ages 3-5. Preregistration is required. Register online at www.bettendorf.org/register or drop-in to City Hall, 1609 State St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The parks department also has a sports and games camp that is offered in Lowry Field. This is open to children ages 6-12. The cost is $20 per week, with each week hosting a variety of sports and games that will keep your children having fun.
What summer is complete without fishing? Catch-and-release fishing is permitted at Middle Lagoon and Crow Creek Park. If you are older than 16 years of age or are an adult assisting your child, you must have a current valid fishing license.
Where: Middle Park Lagoon and Crow Creek Park
License cost: $19 from iowadnr.gov or at stores such as Gander Mountain. Kids $16 and younger don’t require a license, but adults accompanying them do
Cool off this summer by zooming down the waterslides or splashing in the shallow pools at Splash Landing. Season pool passes are available, kids younger than 2 are free, and a daily pass from 11:30 to 3:30 costs $6 per person. Week and weekend hours are 11:30am to 5:00 pm. Evening hours are 6:30-8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Cost: $6 per person, per day or $260 for family season pass. Coupon books are available.
Bettendorf Park Band
Pack the picnic basket with goodies and lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy a beautiful night of music. Concerts are held at Veterans Memorial Park and are free for the public to enjoy. Either the park band or a guest band will perform.
• June 7: Bettendorf Park Band
• June 14, CASI New Horizons Band
• June 21, Tri-County Community Band
• June 28: Illinois Air Force National Guard Band
• July 4: Bettendorf Park Band
• July 5: Circus Band
• July 12: Bettendorf Park Band
• July 19: Community Band
• July 26: Bettendorf Park Band